: very surprising, shocking, or frightening

Full Definition of STARTLING

:  causing momentary fright, surprise, or astonishment <a startling discovery>
star·tling·ly adverb

Examples of STARTLING

  1. Startling new evidence came to light during the trial.
  2. He made a startling discovery.
  3. It is a city of startling contrasts.

First Known Use of STARTLING



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